Light Bureau joined with ÅF Lighting in 2017 and have since been acting as one company, counting over 110 dedicated specialists operating in five countries. Today, 25 November 2019, we launch a new common brand finally marking our merger with one name – Light Bureau. more
Over the last five years the march of LED in the lighting industry has been relentless, the LED ‘Revolution’ has become more of a Coup d’etat, with LED becoming the defecto light source of choice. Even the Squirrel Cage, the last bastion of tungsten, is starting to succumb to the LED invaders. All of this turbulence is really only the start of the upheaval, LED is a semiconductor, and so the future of the lighting industry will be far more effected by the computer industry than the industries past. The lamp, as we know it, a glowing media within a glass envelope that emits a predictable amount of light for a set amount of power with a standard connector, is already obsolete. This freefall towards obsolescence is not just about efficiency metrics, “halogen lamps are too wasteful”, or atheistic metrics “fluorescent lamps are too cold”. more
So many professions are prone to clichéd phrases, like the Football Managers “we’re building a team for the future” or in business, “Blue sky / outside the box thinking, this is just a heads-up” etc. With all that modern life throws at us it’s easy to become lost in repetition and mistake it for understanding, as it can be easier to trot out a well used phrase than to truly make ourselves understood. In our field of architectural lighting, two common phrases would include: “Architectural lighting is the marriage of art and science” and “Lighting is for people”. Both sentiments are so ubiquitous that it is easy to dismiss them as cliché without really trying to understand the deeper sentiments behind them. Are there lessons that we fail to learn by dismissing these sentiments out of hand? Perhaps by combining these twin concepts “Lighting is a marriage of Art and Science AND is for people”, we can breathe new life into a platitude. more
Philips Lighting is hosting an exciting roundtable discussion about the Future of Lighting Design with Paul Traynor of Light Bureau, Neil Skinner of SKR Lighting Design and Tapio Rosenius of Lighting Design Collective. Three inspiring and different contributions to a crucial and on-going debate.
You don’t want to miss this, tune in on Tuesday 12/04 for the full discussion.
Light Bureau principal Paul Traynor was recently interviewed on, one of our favourite podcasts, the Business of Architecture. The podcast features architects, designers and other consultants who discuss the many aspects of running and developing a design practice and share their experience and best tips with the listeners. more